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AUOB Kernow march for Cornish self-determination to take place next month

28 Jun 2023 2 minute read
St Piran’s Day 2017, St Buryan, Cornwall. Picture by Tom Goskar (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The grassroots campaign movement, AUOB Kernow is set to hold a rally next month for Cornwall’s right to self-determination.

The Cornish independence movement has been growing steadily in recent years as campaigners of the ancient Celtic nation, once a Brythonic kingdom in its own right, work to act as a catalyst to promote greater discussion of the future of Kernow.

Like AUOB Wales and Scotland, AUOB Kernow organises family-friendly marches and rallies with music and speakers to promote their cause.

The Rally for Kernow will be held on July 8 in Liskeard and will include musicians and members of other organisations raising awareness of the issues and challenges faced by the the people of Kernow.

They will be gathering on Barras Street from 10:30am – starting the rally at 11:00am.

Issues

The campaign group say that Kernow faces major economic, social, and cultural issues and self-determination is an historic right which will allow its people to revitalise democracy.

“The outside promotion of Kernow as a holiday playground takes jobs and homes from local people and takes economic prosperity out of Kernow,” they said.

“It replaces true industry and commerce with low-paying temporary jobs for the tourist industry. High streets no longer have shops to provide for the community’s needs but to cater to holidaymakers.

“Structural support is not sufficient to allow the people of Kernow to stay and support themselves or raise their families.

“Once traditional and community-led, local events have been turned into commerce opportunities for
outsiders.

“At the same time, the distinct identity of the Cornish people was declared under European
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; its language and history are derided and erased in efforts to make Kernow seem merely a part of England.

“Greenfields and historical parks in towns and villages have been developed to allow second homes, empty most of the year, to predominate communities.”

In April 2014, the UK Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The group had previously said that Cornwall needed greater autonomy to allow them to combat many of the problems facing Cornwall, which were similar to those in Wales.


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 months ago

Good luck to our friends in Cernyw. They’ll need it. Prince William & Whitehall will hold onto you by their teeth if need be. Keep your independence dream alive.

Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards
9 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

It was so good to see Mebyon Kernow vote 🗳️ on greater devolution for Kernow get so close at the recent meeting of Consel an Kernow.

The 6 MK Cornwall Councillors work so hard for their nation focusing on the main issues including jobs, bilingual education and second homes. Meur Ras Mebyon Kernow.

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Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
9 months ago

Cornwall will never be a separate nation state, but it would benefit from an increase of self governance or devolution.

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